Washington Law Review


The successful use of franchising as an adjunct to more traditional marketing techniques by business firms seeking nationwide distribution for their products, services, and ideas has stimulated many franchisor abuses. Professor Chisum comprehensively discusses a variety of remedies available to the franchisee seeking relief from franchisor abuses, including remedies provided by the common law, federal and state securities laws, and the federal antitrust laws. The article assesses the relative success and failure of these general remedies in rectifying the specific problems of franchisor abuses. The author then critically examines the Washington Franchise Investment Protection Act which was enacted in 1971 for the purpose of preventing such abuses. Professor Chisum presents his evaluation of the major provisions of the Act, highlighting those areas which are likely to produce litigation and those areas in which he believes the language of the Act may frustrate its purpose.

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